Educational Institutions

School districts and educational institutions face challenges ranging from school governance to student records. We help our clients comply with various federal and state statutes that affect them, keeping in mind the uniquely sensitive political and public relations context in which they operate.

We serve as outside general counsel and special counsel for a number of educational institutions.

We advise and represent them in areas including:

  • Contracts – Educational institutions routinely engage the services of outside vendors, or enter into agreements with third parties for a variety of purposes. We assist our clients by drafting contracts to ensure the client’s expectations are well-defined at the outset of the relationship.
  • Employment law – Like any other large employer, educational institutions face legal issues related to their employees. We assist our clients when faced with all forms of claims available to employees under state and federal law, whether at the administrative, state or federal court level.
  • Compliance with Missouri Sunshine Law – Public entities have an obligation to conduct their business in an open manner. We assist clients with issues related to open and closed meetings and with the production of public records.
  • Litigation – We represent educational institutions in all types of litigation matters.
  • Bonding and Construction – Guiding educational institutions through the complex process of construction contracts and bond financing.